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Re: $2000 for an Farmall 856D project tractor?

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01-13-2013 07:28:06

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Well depends if it is a rod bearing or a main . The 407 is like the 361 not and engine for the novice and not a cheap engine to rebuild with out spend money on a machine shop for the machining . depending on total hours tells me what needs to be done . Does it need line bored will with this one if it spin a main yep that is a give me does it have core shift ?? won't know that till ya get the crank inline . Then how bad is the head ?? does it need new seats and guides?? how about the valves how are the valve springs . and you have no idea if it needs a T/A yet. So two large sounds cheap till you get into it . even for me with my cost on parts by the time i was done with it and no labor it total up to a total of 6-7000 real fast.

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01-13-2013 07:53:31

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 Re: $2000 for an Farmall 856D project tractor? in reply to The tractor vet, 01-13-2013 07:28:06  
Thanks for the info tractor vet, I wasn't sure how pricey the 407s are to rebuild, think I'll wait and get a running one lol. I know T/As are costly to replace. My uncle has a 766 thats gone though 2 in the last 30+ years that he's owned it. About how many working hours generally will a T/A go for before needing replacement that you see on average?

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01-13-2013 10:26:10

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 Re: $2000 for an Farmall 856D project tractor? in reply to redpower1990, 01-13-2013 07:53:31  
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Don't be concern about the TA. We had a 756 with the TA bad for 15 years, didn't affect the ability of the tractor to do work. We used the tractor for cutting hay, manure hauling, hauling shell corn loads, etc, etc. When we finally replaced the TA we hardly ever used it.

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01-13-2013 08:30:37

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 Re: $2000 for an Farmall 856D project tractor? in reply to redpower1990, 01-13-2013 07:53:31  
Here i really can not say for sure , I have seen them fail only after a couple years and some that are still going strong after 25 years. Ya follow the rules and they will last , (1) ya never use it as a brake to slow down (2) ya keep the adjustments on the clutch , dump valve and trans brake in adjustment (3) change the hyd. oil and filters like you should and they last . I know all the ones i have installed are still going . And if my one friend has not taken out the one i put in his two tractors are sill going after twenty years, now not sayen that tomorrow that they won't go out. I make sure that the stuff is kept in adjustment and checked once a year. Now if you were really serious about that 856 you could do a transplant with a combine engine IF you could find one, there will be some parts swapping to be done and and injection pump change to be made . The combine engine should have some life left.

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